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NEW YORK: Coronavirus Updates

NESPA continues to monitor the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our region. We are committed to providing our members with the services they need to manage their businesses through these unusual times.

Please be aware, things are changing on daily basis in some areas, and we will continue to keep information as current as possible. If you have information about something happening on a local level, please send it me at executive@nespapool.org 

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Most Recent News

On April 7, 2020 Governor Cuomo extended all restrictions enacted under Executive Order 202 for an additional thirty days until May 7, 2020. View details here.

On March 27, 2020 New York State revised its definition of essential business as to state that

“All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site). “

Under this revised definition

  • Pool construction is no longer permittedThis includes both currently open construction as well as new construction.
  • Construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.
  • Companies can continue to provide pool & spa service.


  • Pool opening has NOT been determined to be an essential business and does not currently fall under pool/spa maintenance which continues to be an essential business.

While NESPA and PHTA agree that the designation of pool maintenance as essential is correct and consistent with other guidance we have received from the state, it is our position that the failure to designate openings as essential is incorrect and we are currently asking the state to change the statement made in the above email based on the essential nature of the pool opening and start up process.

Full FAQs on this Action - click here



Based on Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 202.8 (3.20.20), business enterprises in the state are subject to 100% reduction no later than 8 p.m. on March 22nd.  ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction.  (Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).

View the Empire State Development: Guidance for Determining if Your Business is Essential. It is our position that both pool & spa construction and pool & spa service are classified as essential businesses that can continue to operate.

  • Pool & Spa Construction would fall under - 9. Construction
  • Pool & Spa Service would fall under - 11.  Essential Services that maintain safety, sanitation and essential operations of residence

New York State Announces Workforce Restrictions (effective 3.20.20)
The State of New York announced that all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 75% no later than March 20 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions. This includes construction; vendors of essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences.  While we believe the Executive Order clearly exempts our industry, we have submitted an office opinion from the Empire State Development Corporation.

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